What to Expect
Here at Kasuisai Temple, you can have an authentic Buddhist Zen experience for a day. Kasuisai Temple belongs to the Soto style of Zen Buddhism. It is located in the city of Fukuori (my hometown), Shizuoka prefecture. It was founded 600 years ago and has a traditional architectonic design; a Zuiryukau (guesthouse) and a Tosu (toilet), and has been designated a National Cultural Property.
To practice Zen meditation, you must sit with you legs crossed for 30 minutes in the Buddhist hall (it is important not to move during meditation), and when the time is right, the monk will smack you on the shoulder with a Keisaku (wooden stick).
Shakyou, or Sutra writing, is the traditional Japanese way of writing Kanjis (Chinese characters) on Washi (Japanese paper). Experience traditional Japanese calligraphy yourself using a brush pen and Indian ink!
Buddhist monks traditionally eat a Buddhist diet. Buddhism strictly prohibits to kill or eat animals, so is completely vegetarian, but very tasty and beautiful.
Note that this is a public event (not private). You and I (your wonderful guide) will take part in these events alongside other people.